The paper "Improving Health through a Clean-up" is a great example of a management research proposal. Zinifex Port Pirie Smelter is the biggest lead smelting company in the world. It produces considerable volumes of silver, zinc, gold and copper. Its value of production is approximately $280 million every year, with the export of $70 million. Although its production has been on a slight increase in the 1990s, its direct workforce in Pasminco has dropped from 1,330 to 690, from 1990 to 2006. This company is located in the Port Pirie region; a city situated 225km on the Spencer Gulf north of Adelaide.
There are other remote townships in the region that include Gladstone, Laura, Redhill, Wirrabara, Booleroo Centre, and Crystal Brook. The region’ s economy is heavily dependent on resource processing and agriculture. Some of the major economic drivers in the area are aided by a variety of service industries. Port Pirie and the remote townships offer the area commercial, community and retail services for about 23,400 people (Ross & Bidwell 2006, pp. 49-56). Despite the benefits that the smelter has brought to the region, there are several, adverse effects that it has on the environment.
The company is a top contributor to Port Pirie’ s economy, but it has also cost many people’ s lives. Owing to the fact that the company processes lead and produce metals like gold, copper, zinc and silver, many people’ s health statuses have been greatly ruined by these activities (Ross & Bidwell 2006, pp. 49-56). The production and processing activities in the smelter have caused a lot of environmental pollution in the region. As the world’ s leading lead smelter, dealing in 320,000 tons annually of fine lead-rich new concentrates, over the last 10 decades or more, the company has caused considerable contamination of the port’ s environment with arsenic, zinc, cadmium, lead and other heavy metals (Gupta 2011, pp.
428-430). There is a lot of exposure to lead on the people in the region. According to studies, high levels of exposure to lead elements are detrimental to human health. It is known that lead interferes with the transport of constituents especially calcium across cell membranes. Hence inhibiting enzymes and disturbing the growth and development of various body organs especially the central nervous system.
It has permanent negative effects on human neurobehavioral function, especially impaired haemoglobin, intellectual performance and vitamin D metabolism (Gupta 2011, pp. 428-430). According to Ross and Bidwell (2006, pp. 49-56), toddlers and infants are the ones that are at greater risk than adults in the region because they are still developing. Moreover, the young children’ s behavior of carelessly putting anything in their mouths makes them more prone to its adverse effects than anybody else. Besides, the fact that young children have a high ability of lead absorption and fast-developing central nervous systems put them at great danger.
On the other hand, the older children, adults and adolescents demonstrate average blood lead levels unless if they had early exposures in life. Rationale In order for the company to continue enjoying its position as the leading lead smelter in the world, it must comply with environmental rules and regulations. Further, it should take up its social corporate responsibility of creating a favorable environment for the immediate community and its workers. Currently, the company is working on the modalities of ensuring safety to the people at the same time maintaining its position in the corporate world (Ross & Bidwell 2006, pp.
49-56). Therefore, this project intends to help the company out by conducting a clean-up on the polluted areas in relation to the company’ s activities.
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Ross & Bidwell 2006, ‘Multi-level endpoint assessment of pollution’, Australasian Journal of Ecotoxicology, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 49-56.